Lagos shuts CWAY, others for public safety

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Kazeem Ugbodaga

The Lagos State Government has shut down two water producing companies in Lagos, CWAY Nigeria Drinking Water Science and Technology Company Limited and Figol Water, for breaching safety standard.

The government said it is determined to ensure compliance with the state’s groundwater quality control regulation and the state drinking water quality standard.

Executive Secretary, Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission (LSWRC), Ahmed Abdullahi, who led the team on the compliance and enforcement exercise, also visited Nigerian Breweries Limited, La Casera, Cascade Waters, 7up, Coca Cola and Guinness Nig. Plc.

He said CWAY Limited was sealed for non-declaration of all its facilities and non-compliance as stipulated in the regulatory guidelines of the Lagos State Water Sector Law (LSWSL) 2004.

“This move is in line with the vision of the state government to curb the occurrence and spread of water borne diseases in the state, as well as improve the standard of living and promote safety culture at all times.

”The state government is leaving nothing to chance to ensure that all stakeholders in the water sector comply with the guidelines and regulations for water abstraction/consumption as stipulated by the law.

“The administration of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, being a very responsive and responsible government, would no longer fold its hands and watch the pollution of the groundwater through indiscriminate abstraction and illegal borehole drilling that is polluting the groundwater on a daily basis,” he said.

He revealed that the first and second aquifers of underground water were the worst hit and that the state government was taking adequate steps to ensure the preservation and conservation of all the aquifers of underground water to ensure safety of lives, provision of portable water that is of good quality and a water sector that is sustainable and viable.

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Source:: PM Newspaper